Bongbong Marcos faces more disqualification petitions

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 2)— Presidential aspirant Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr. is facing more hurdles in his bid to run for president in the 2022 elections.

Members of the Akbayan Citizens Action Party and National Commission on Muslim Filipinos Commissioner Abubakar Mangelen filed separate petitions against Marcos before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Thursday — bringing the total to six.

Akbayan's plea

Akbayan's petition is similar to the first four that have been filed. It asserted that Marcos is perpetually barred from running for public office due to his conviction in 1995 for failure to file income tax returns.

It cited a 2012 Supreme Court decision, saying the high tribunal held that the election body bears the constitutional duty to, motu proprio or on its own initiative, prevent candidates who are perpetually disqualified, like Marcos, from running repeatedly for public office.

The petition was signed by Akbayan's First Nominee Percival Cendaña, former Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Etta Rosales, Akbayan Youth Chairperson Dr. RJ Naguit, women leader Jean Enriquez of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW-Asia Pacific), and labor leader Nice Coronacion of the Sentro ng Nagkakaisa at Progresibong Manggagawa.

Akbayan also likened Marcos' previous electoral runs despite his perpetual disqualification to his family's legacy of plunder and corruption.

Naguit is hopeful Comelec will act swiftly.

"Habang tumatagal ito at kasama siya sa printing ng balota masasayang 'yung boto ng mga tao," he said during the filing.

[Translation: While this is not yet resolved and he is still included in the printing of ballots, the votes of the people will be put to waste.]

Mangelen's plea

Aside from the disqualification plea, Mangelen — who claims to be chairman of Marcos' political party Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) — also sought to nullify the certificate of nomination issued by the party to Marcos.

He argued that Marcos was not a member of the party in the first place, adding that the presidential endorsement was a "big shock" to some officers and members of the PFP.

"As a matter of fact, the party officers from Lanao del Norte and other areas who were not consulted nor notified like petitioner of any meeting or convention complained of their replacement as such officers without due process of law and in contravention of the pertinent provisions of PFP's Constitution and By-laws," read Mangelen's petition.

Marcos camp responds

The Marcos camp earlier shrugged off Akbayan's petition, saying it is part of the plan of "one group" to block his candidacy.

"We respect the right of every disillusioned groups to take whatever legal action they think would best serve their own agenda, as we also expect them to respect our right to be heard," spokesperson Vic Rodriguez said.

The first disqualification case has been raffled to the Comelec 1st division.

The three other cases — one for the Comelec to declare Marcos a nuisance candidate, and two others for the cancellation of his certificate of candidacy — were earlier raffled to the poll body's 2nd Division.

CNN Philippines correspondents Melissa Lopez and Rex Remitio contributed to this report.